Classic Warrior Tank Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Sep 03, 2020 at 23:00 by Seksixeny 35 comments

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Warrior Tank in WoW Classic.

1.

Gearing Strategy for Tank Warriors

While a clear best in slot list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Depending on your race, you might want different items as well, as swords or maces are more powerful for Humans, due to Sword Specialization Icon Sword Specialization and Mace Specialization Icon Mace Specialization, and axes are more powerful for Orcs, due to Axe Specialization Icon Axe Specialization.

Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.

2.

WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion.

We will be linking best in slot gear lists for every raid tier in this guide, which can be helpful in order to understand how to progress from hitting Level 60, to getting pre-raid best in slot and from then to clearing all raid tiers.

3.

Tank Warrior Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

In order to get ready for raiding, it is recommended that you follow this guide in order to learn which gear to gather for maximizing your threat output and survivability before raid gear is accounted for. Even so, expect to get a few pieces that you will have a hard time replacing, such as Diamond Flask Icon Diamond Flask and Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice.

4.

Tank Warrior Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Phase 5 (Ahn'Qiraj)

This is the gear we recommend for Warrior tanks in the AQ40 patch, split between defensive (D) and threat (T) options, which you can mix and match in order to make your tanking as comfortable as possible.

Warriors Tier 2.5, Conqueror's Battlegear has an amazing 3-piece bonus for advanced tanks, which enables a Shout focused rotation when combined with Manual of Battle Shout VII Icon Manual of Battle Shout VII, which drops in AQ20.

  • The 3-set bonus reduces the Rage cost of your shouts by 35%. While this is only a minor bonus when following the normal tanking rotation, it allows Battle Shout spam to become more threat per Rage than Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor in many situations.
  • The 5-set bonus increases the slow and damage of Thunderclap IconThunderclap by 50%. While the slowing debuff slot should be ideally covered by Thunderfury, if you happen to have the whole set at your disposal and no Thunderfury in group, consider using it as an alternative slowing debuff, especially if you are off-tanking.

As always, try to have at least 305 weapon skill with your weapon in order to benefit from a huge boost to your damage / threat, using gear such as Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards to hit that magic number if needed.

Your hit cap is 6% when you have 305+ weapon skill (vs 9% without), so make sure to mix and match our suggested gear in order to hit this cap. Going over it can still help you while dual wielding, but the value of 1% hit will be much lower than before 6/9%.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Conqueror's Crown Icon Conqueror's Crown
Neck
  • (D) Mark of C'Thun Icon Mark of C'Thun
  • (T) Onyxia Tooth Pendant Icon Onyxia Tooth Pendant
Shoulder
  • (D) Pauldrons of the Unrelenting Icon Pauldrons of the Unrelenting
  • (T) Conqueror's Spaulders Icon Conqueror's Spaulders
Cloak
  • (D) Cloak of the Golden Hive Icon Cloak of the Golden Hive
  • (T) Cloak of the Fallen God Icon Cloak of the Fallen God
Chest
  • Conqueror's Breastplate Icon Conqueror's Breastplate
Wrists
  • (D) Bracelets of Wrath Icon Bracelets of Wrath
  • (T) Hive Defiler Wristguards Icon Hive Defiler Wristguards
Gloves
  • Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards or similar if you need it for 305+ weapon skill
  • Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination Icon Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination
Belt
  • (D) Royal Qiraji Belt Icon Royal Qiraji Belt
  • (T) Onslaught Girdle Icon Onslaught Girdle
Legs
  • (D) Legplates of Wrath Icon Legplates of Wrath
  • (T) Conqueror's Legguards Icon Conqueror's Legguards
Boots
  • (D) Conqueror's Greaves Icon Conqueror's Greaves
  • (T) Chromatic Boots Icon Chromatic Boots
Rings
  • (D) Ring of Emperor Vek'lor Icon Ring of Emperor Vek'lor
  • (D) Angelista's Touch Icon Angelista's Touch
  • (T) Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight Icon Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight
  • (T) Band of Accuria Icon Band of Accuria
Trinkets
  • (D) Lifegiving Gem Icon Lifegiving Gem
  • (D) Styleen's Impeding Scarab Icon Styleen's Impeding Scarab
  • (T) Earthstrike Icon Earthstrike (swap to Diamond Flask if on CD)
  • (T) Diamond Flask Icon Diamond Flask
  • (T) Drake Fang Talisman Icon Drake Fang Talisman
One-Hand
  • Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Icon Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
  • Death's Sting Icon Death's Sting
  • Chromatically Tempered Sword Icon Chromatically Tempered Sword
  • Ancient Qiraji Ripper Icon Ancient Qiraji Ripper
  • Blessed Qiraji War Axe Icon Blessed Qiraji War Axe
  • Blessed Qiraji Pugio Icon Blessed Qiraji Pugio
  • Crul'shorukh, Edge of Chaos Icon Crul'shorukh, Edge of Chaos
Shield
  • Blessed Qiraji Bulwark Icon Blessed Qiraji Bulwark
Ranged
  • Crossbow of Imminent Doom Icon Crossbow of Imminent Doom

If you crave raw damage and threat numbers, you can find even more offensive gear options in the Warrior DPS Best in Slot guide below (scroll down for the AQ40 page until Phase 5 launches):

5.

Other Useful Phase 5 Gear for Tank Warriors

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Helm of Domination Icon Helm of Domination
  • Helm of Endless Rage Icon Helm of Endless Rage
  • Lionheart Helm Icon Lionheart Helm
Neck
  • Barbed Choker Icon Barbed Choker
  • Master Dragonslayer's Medallion Icon Master Dragonslayer's Medallion
  • Pendant of the Qiraji Guardian Icon Pendant of the Qiraji Guardian
Shoulder
  • Drake Talon Pauldrons Icon Drake Talon Pauldrons
  • Pauldrons of Wrath Icon Pauldrons of Wrath
  • Defiler's Plate Spaulders Icon Defiler's Plate Spaulders
Cloak
  • Cloak of Concentrated Hatred Icon Cloak of Concentrated Hatred
  • Sandstorm Cloak Icon Sandstorm Cloak
  • Drape of Unyielding Strength Icon Drape of Unyielding Strength
Chest
  • Breastplate of Wrath Icon Breastplate of Wrath
  • Zandalar Vindicator's Breastplate Icon Zandalar Vindicator's Breastplate
  • Breastplate of Annihilation Icon Breastplate of Annihilation
Wrists
  • Qiraji Execution Bracers Icon Qiraji Execution Bracers
  • Bracers of Brutality Icon Bracers of Brutality
  • Wristguards of True Flight Icon Wristguards of True Flight
Gloves
  • Gauntlets of Annihilation Icon Gauntlets of Annihilation
  • Gauntlets of Wrath Icon Gauntlets of Wrath
  • Gauntlets of the Immovable Icon Gauntlets of the Immovable
Belt
  • Triad Girdle Icon Triad Girdle
  • Waistband of Wrath Icon Waistband of Wrath
  • Ossirian's Binding Icon Ossirian's Binding
Legs
  • Legplates of Wrath Icon Legplates of Wrath
  • Legplates of Might Icon Legplates of Might
  • Bloodsoaked Legplates Icon Bloodsoaked Legplates
Boots
  • Boots of the Fallen Hero Icon Boots of the Fallen Hero
  • Sabatons of Wrath Icon Sabatons of Wrath
  • Boots of the Unwavering Will Icon Boots of the Unwavering Will
Rings
  • Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight Icon Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight
  • Ring of the Godslayer Icon Ring of the Godslayer
  • Circle of Applied Force Icon Circle of Applied Force
  • Master Dragonslayer's Ring Icon Master Dragonslayer's Ring
  • Archimtiros' Ring of Reckoning Icon Archimtiros' Ring of Reckoning
  • Ring of the Qiraji Fury Icon Ring of the Qiraji Fury
Trinkets
  • Jom Gabbar Icon Jom Gabbar
  • Mark of the Chosen Icon Mark of the Chosen
  • Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice
  • Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth
One-Hand
  • Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight Icon Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight
  • Deathbringer Icon Deathbringer
  • Vis'kag the Bloodletter Icon Vis'kag the Bloodletter
  • Anubisath Warhammer Icon Anubisath Warhammer
  • Doom's Edge Icon Doom's Edge
Shield
  • Elementium Reinforced Bulwark Icon Elementium Reinforced Bulwark
  • Buru's Skull Fragment Icon Buru's Skull Fragment
  • Aegis of the Blood God Icon Aegis of the Blood God
Ranged
  • Dragonbreath Hand Cannon Icon Dragonbreath Hand Cannon
  • Striker's Mark Icon Striker's Mark
  • Huhuran's Stinger Icon Huhuran's Stinger
6.

Nature Resistance Gear for Tank Warriors

As a Tank Warrior, you will generally be better off using your normal high threat and high mitigation gear while tanking Princess Huhuran and Viscidus, since their normal physical attacks are just as dangerous as their poisons. It can still be useful to wear a few Nature Resistance pieces on your weakest slots, so read this guide to understand where to find such pieces!

7.

Warrior PvP Best in Slot Gear

If you would prefer to gear for PvP, you can find our Warrior PvP BiS guide below.

8.

Warrior Weapons

Since weapons are such a broad topic, we have written a full guide about Warrior weapons.

9.

Tank Warrior Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Molten Core / Onyxia's Lair

Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair are the first raids in WoW Classic, and will probably award you with your first pieces of epic gear! While most of the gear found here is easily replaceable later, there are a few pieces, such as Onslaught Girdle Icon Onslaught Girdle and Band of Accuria Icon Band of Accuria, which will last you for a very long time!

10.

Fire Resistance Gear for Tank Warriors

A big concern of Tank Warrior preparing to clear Molten Core is getting a full Fire Resistance set for Ragnaros. Read this guide to figure out which are the best pieces to wear!

11.

Special gear for Tank Warriors

Some items, which are not powerful enough to be in the best in slot list, have special properties that make them very valuable to acquire for specific encounters or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items for the current phase, and their effects and application below:

  • Annihilator Icon Annihilator (or the less expensive, less powerful Rivenspike Icon Rivenspike and Bashguuder Icon Bashguuder) allows you to reduce an enemy's armor by up to 600 for your whole group, making it a very powerful weapon swap. Use it at the start of an encounter to quickly full debuff the boss, and then swap to your normal weapon to take advantage of the lowered armor.
  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. This is great when tanking bosses with dangerous bleed debuffs such as High Priest Thekal's bleed, Speed Slash IconSpeed Slash. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • The Alliance-only Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.
12.

Changelog

  • 03 Sep. 2020: Fixed a small typo with the alternative belt suggestions.
  • 30 Aug. 2020: Added Ayamiss the Hunter to the list of sources for Gauntlets of the Immovable.
  • 06 Aug. 2020: Transferred the Ahn'Qiraj gear into the main guide.
  • 27 Jul. 2020: Added a link to the Nature Resistance gear guide.
  • 20 Jul. 2020: Added AQ40 BiS gear section.
  • 19 May 2020: Added Silithus twilight boss summoning gear.
  • 16 Apr. 2020: Swapped item priority of Girdle of the Fallen Crusader and Therazane's Link.
  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated with Zul'Gurub gear.
  • 11 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 21 Feb. 2020: Added a disclaimer on offensive gear VS defensive gear and a link to the Warrior DPS BiS page.
  • 12 Feb. 2020: Updated BiS list for Phase 3 of WoW Classic and split the guide into multiple pages.
  • 31 Jan. 2020: Reworked pre-raid BiS shoulders.
  • 28 Jan. 2020: Typo fixes and added Eskhandar's Collar.
  • 25 Jan. 2020: Added PvP reputation gear and more ranked PvP gear.
  • 23 Nov. 2019: Updated BiS list for Phase 2 of WoW Classic.
  • 26 Oct. 2019: Added Bulky Iron Spaulders to the pre-raid bis list.
  • 13 Oct. 2019: Added Phase One Molten Core / Onyxia gear bis list.
  • 11 Oct. 2019: Added Dire Maul gear and reworked the pre-raid best in slot list.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: Added new special gear to the list and changed the position of this list to the bottom of the guide.
  • 21 Jul. 2019: Removed some weak gear recommendations to make the best in slot list more accurate and easy to read.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: Updated some gear recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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